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Atmosphere of the Moon

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Moon's Strange Atmosphere: NASA to Probe Lunar Dust | Video

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NASA launches rocket to moon for atmosphere study

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Moon 101 | National Geographic

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NASA: Moon may have had an atmosphere at one point

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Did you know that the Earth's atmosphere extends beyond the Moon?

The atmosphere of the Moon is a very scant presence of gases surrounding the Moon. For most practical purposes, the Moon is considered to be surrounded by vacuum. The elevated presence of atomic and molecular particles in its vicinity compared to interplanetary medium, referred to as "lunar atmosphere" for scientific objectives, is negligible in comparison with the gaseous envelopes surrounding Earth and most planets of the Solar System. The pressure of this small mass is around 3×10−15 atm (0.3 nPa), varying throughout the day, and in total weighs less than 10 metric tonnes. Otherwise, the Moon is considered not to have an atmosphere because it cannot absorb measurable quantities of radiation, does not appear layered or self-circulating, and requires constant replenishment due to the high rate at which its gases are lost to space.
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    • Losses 

    • Composition 

    • Ancient atmosphere